Vancouver Giants spit heads, lose to Prince George Cougars in OT

Vancouver and Prince George are playing again tonight, and Giants coach Michael Dyck is particularly keen on that, believing this group let one get away.

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The Vancouver Giants played their first game in 12 days Friday night. Considering how it ended, coach Michael Dyck is looking forward to playing again tonight.

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“It’s really important that we get back to it right away,” Dyck said of tonight’s game against the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Center (7 p.m., Sportsnet 650) in the wake of the 3-2 loss. in Friday’s overtime against the Cougars at the LEC on Friday.

In their first game since Jan. 2 due to a COVID-19 break, Vancouver took a 2-0 lead against an equally rusty Prince George side, playing their first game since Jan. 1 due of its own pandemic-related shutdown. . Ethan Samson scored the winner on a rebound 1:58 into overtime.

“I’m disappointed. I’m really disappointed that we didn’t follow what we knew and what worked really, really well for us in the first half,” Dyck said. “We have to be a lot tougher mentally .

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“It was a very good start for us. If we had played that way for 60 minutes the result would probably have been different, but in the second half of the game we fought. We came back to what we saw before: flipping pucks, not being physical, playing slow When we do that, we’re not going to be successful.

Vancouver (15-16-2-0) started the season with big aspirations, but with the WHL trade deadline Monday at 2 p.m., they sit sixth in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of the Cougars (14-17-1-0). The Giants were built to take on this season, with nine players on their roster over their 19-year seasons. Prince George has just one 19-year-old defenseman, Aiden Reeves, and he’s been out for a month with a lower-body injury.

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Friday’s game, broadcast nationally on TSN as part of the all-sports station’s month-long weekly coverage of junior matchups across the country, featured a fast-paced first period, a surprise given both teams been sidelined for so long.

Winger Justin Lies, with his fifth goal of the season, and center Justin Sourdif, with his ninth, scored for Vancouver. Jesper Vikman made 35 saves in the net for Vancouver.

Tyler Brennan stopped 37 for Prince George. Samson, a defender, scored two goals, giving him eight for the campaign. Forward Koehn Ziemmer added his 11th for Prince George.

The Giants brass say they expect 2021 Boston Bruins first-round winger Fabian Lysell to return to the roster next week. He returned home to Sweden after the Junior World Championships.

SEwen@postmedia.com


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